NFPA INSIDER is a live, bi-monthly online session — an added benefit for NFPA members only — that features expanded news and content from the latest issue of NFPA Journal and other NFPA sources. Recently, the July episode aired, featuring new NFPA President, Jim Pauley, and NFPA's Ryan Depew with the public fire protection division.
As incoming President, Jim Pauley provided his first NFPA Insider segment on his thoughts about NFPA and his upcoming tenure. Being involved with NFPA for years through technical committees and fourteen years on the Standards Council, including six as Chair, he had a good understanding of NFPA before taking over. He credits Jim Shannon for creating a culture where advocacy - advocating on behalf of people and saving lives - is a priority, and thinks that he has left the organization in a better place than when he started. Moving forward, Jim plans to continue along the path that NFPA is currently heading in and knows that one of the biggest challenges ahead is the protection of our intellectual property.
Also featured in the episode, was NFPA's Ryan Depew. One of Ryan's documents, NFPA 1670 - Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, now includes a chapter on animal technical rescue. The chapter was added after Dr. John Haven, a director of the University of Florida's College of Vet Medicine, attended a techncial committee meeting to inform the group about the potential hazards to rescuers and some of the best ways to approach animal rescue. Before this chapter was included, local fire departments would get rescue calls and would do the best they could, but there was never much training. Federal agencies and funding were also never available for this cause until Hurricane Katrina proved the need - leading to the PETS Act in 2006.
Members, watch the full INSIDER episode to hear more about Jim Pauley's plans for his Presidency at NFPA as well as more detail on the new animal technical rescue standard. Dr. John Haven and NFPA 1670 are also the focus of a feature in the latest NFPA Journal - be sure to give it a read!
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